March 2009


Do you wonder how St. Patrick became a saint? When I grew up as a Catholic I never knew the truth because I was never taught it. Instead, I was taught, as this video states, that saints were super-spiritual people; something that the “common” man or woman could never attain to. Sadly, that is not the truth as the Bible teaches. I hope you take the time to watch the two videos linked below to learn about what the Bible teaches for it is a wonderful truth.

Click here to watch a video from Cork Free Presbyterian Church.

And here to watch a video from Berean Beacon.

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By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A revolution is brewing as American patriots and free-market advocates unite in protest against out-of-control government spending – with a wildfire movement of more than 150 nationwide tea parties.

John M. O’Hara of The Heartland Institute is a member of New American Tea Party, a coalition of citizens and organizations concerned about reckless government spending, is helping coordinate a number of national tea party events.

“Our message is simple: ‘Bailing out’ reckless businesses and individuals is neither the burden of responsible, hard-working American taxpayers nor the role of government,” he told WND.

Read the full article here.

EARTHLY SORROWS AND FOLLOWING CHRIST

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

Introduction by brother Michael

Myriad today who profess the name of Christ follow him for one reason. This being what can Jesus do for them. Whether it is fixing their finances and increasing their net worth, giving them health, a new house, restoring their marriage, giving them a great job, and any other number of reasons, it is all about them and what Jesus will “bless” them with. Nothing more than a genie in the bottle religion where the bottle is “rubbed” through prayers, tithes, “seed” offerings, name it claim it “faith”, meditation/visualization and more so as to open the floodgates of heaven and shower them with blessings from on high.

Yet this seeking of the fleshly over the spiritual is nothing new for we read of people of like passions when Jesus was on earth. These being those who followed Jesus to have their fleshly appetites filled. We have an example of this in John chapter six where multitudes were following Jesus not for the miracles he did that testified he was of God, but rather that they got a free meal and wanted more.

When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (John 6:24-26)

This “free meal” gospel is preached by so many today it is hard to keep track of them all. From Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, TD Jakes, TBN, Jentezen Franklin, Rick Joyner and countless others you can find this message far and wide on television, radio, the Internet and of course in “Christian” book stores. All preaching the “gospel” of how to get your best life now. And believe me it sells big time! The numbers of people who are eating this putrid fare up is in the multi-millions which is evidenced by the followings these preachers have.

This of course happens because so many who profess to be Christians today are ignorant to what the Bible actually teaches and hence when a preacher twists the Word they are none the wiser. Because if one would actually sit down and read the Bible they would see, of course if the Spirit is teaching them, that this “gospel” is not the true gospel of Jesus. For the true gospel that Jesus preached is that which calls believers to take up their cross and to die daily. And that in this life they will have sufferings and tribulations. But sufferings and tribulations do not sell to fleshy-minded people. This is why you will even find this “gospel” preached by “secular” personalities like Oprah who touts the new age “bible” of this gospel known as “The Secret.”

Yet there is a more excellent way for those who seek a heavenly city whose builder and maker is God. Those whose affections are not on this life and how to maximize it on this earth, but rather for their next life in the world to come after the resurrection of the dead. My hope is that many who are caught up in the “get it now” gospel will have their hearts pricked and eyes opened to turn from the false shepherds and follow the true one who will give unto them living waters. In light of this, I have posted an article that speaks to the truths of suffering and how it is part and parcel of being a true follower of Jesus.

End of Introduction

Earthly Sorrows and Following Christ

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”—Mark 4:37-40.

ON whom must we build our souls if we would be accepted with God? We must build on the Rock, Christ. From whom must we draw that grace of the Spirit which we daily need in order to be fruitful? We must draw from the Vine, Christ. To whom must we look for sympathy when earthly friends fail us or die? We must look to our elder Brother, Christ. By whom must our prayers be presented, if they are to be heard on high? They must be presented by our Advocate, Christ. With whom do we hope to spend the thousand years of glory and the after eternity? With the King of kings, Christ. Surely we cannot know this Christ too well! Surely there is not a word, nor a deed, nor a day, nor a step, nor a thought in the record of His life, which ought not to be precious to us. We should labor to be familiar with every line that is written about Jesus.

Come now, and let us study a page in our Master’s history. Let us consider what we may learn from the verses of Scripture which stand at the head of this paper. You there see Jesus crossing the lake of Galilee in a boat with His disciples. You see a sudden storm arise while He is asleep. The waves beat into the boat and fill it. Death seems to be close at hand. The frightened disciples awake their Master and cry for help. He arises and rebukes the wind and the waves, and at once there is a calm. He mildly reproves the faithless fears of His companions, and all is over. Such is the picture. It is one full of deep instruction. Come now, and let us examine what we are meant to learn.

Let us learn…that following Christ will not prevent our having earthly sorrows and troubles. Here are the chosen disciples of the Lord Jesus in great anxiety. The faithful little flock, which believed when priests, scribes, and Pharisees were all alike unbelieving, is allowed by the Shepherd to be much disquieted (disturbed; uneasy; restless.) The fear of death breaks in upon them like an armed man. The deep water seems likely to go over their souls. Peter, James, and John, the pillars of the Church about to be planted in the world, are much distressed.

Perhaps they had not reckoned on all this. Perhaps they had expected that Christ’s service would at any rate lift them above the reach of earthly trials. Perhaps they thought that He who could raise the dead, and heal the sick, and feed multitudes with a few loaves, and cast out devils with a word—He would never allow His servants to be sufferers upon earth. Perhaps they had supposed He would always grant them smooth journeys, fine weather, aneasy course, and freedom from trouble and care.

If the disciples thought so, they were much mistaken. The Lord Jesus taught them that a man may be one of His chosen servants, and yet have to go through many an anxiety and endure many a pain. It is good to understand this clearly. It is good to understand that Christ’s service never did secure a man from all the ills that flesh is heir to and never will. If you are a believer, you must reckon on having your share of sickness and pain, of sorrow and tears, of losses and crosses, of deaths and bereavements, of partings and separations, of vexations and disappointments, so long as you are in the body. Christ never undertakes that you shall get to heaven without these. He has undertaken that all who come to Him shall have all things pertaining to life and godliness; but He has never undertaken that He will make them prosperous, or rich, or healthy, and that death and sorrow shall never come to their family.

I have the privilege of being one of Christ’s ambassadors. In His name I can offer eternal life to any man, woman, or child who is willing to have it. In His name I do offer pardon, peace, grace, and glory, to any son or daughter of Adam who reads this paper. But I dare not offer that person worldly prosperity as a part and parcel of the Gospel. I dare not offer him long life, an increased income, and freedom from pain. I dare not promise the man who takes up the cross and follows Christ, that in the following he shall never meet with a storm.

I know well that many do not like these terms. They would prefer having Christ and good health, Christ and plenty of money, Christ and no deaths in their family, Christ and no wearing cares, and Christ and a perpetual morning without clouds. But they do not like Christ and the cross, Christ and tribulation, Christ and the conflict, Christ and the howling wind, Christ and the storm.

Is this the secret thought of anyone who is reading this paper? Believe me, if it is, you are very wrong. Listen to me, and I will try to show you that you have yet much to learn.

How should you know who are true Christians, if following Christ was the way to be free from trouble? How should we discern the wheat from the chaff, if it were not for the winnowing (to separate chaff or other lighter refuse matter from grain by means of wind or a current of air; separating the good from the bad.) of trial? How should we know whether men served Christ for His own sake or from selfish motives, if His service brought health and wealth with it as a matter of course? us which of the trees are evergreen and which are not. The storms of affliction and care are useful in the same way. They discover whose faith is real, and whose is nothing but profession and form.

How would the great work of sanctification go on in a man if he had no trial? Trouble is often the only fire which will burn away the dross that clings to our hearts. Trouble is the pruning knife which the great Husbandman employs in order to make us fruitful in good works.

If you desire to serve Christ and be saved, I entreat you to take the Lord on His own terms. Make up your mind to meet with your share of crosses and sorrows, and then you will not be surprised. For want of understanding this, many seem to run well for a season, and then turn back in disgust and are cast away.

If you profess to be a child of God, leave to the Lord Jesus to sanctify you in His own way. Rest satisfied that He never makes any mistakes. Be sure that He does all things well. The winds may howl around you and the waters swell. But fear not, He is leading you by the right way, that He may bring you to a city of habitation (Psa 107:7).

From “Ruler of the Waves” in Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, both available from Chapel Library.
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J. C. Ryle (1816-1900): Bishop of the Anglican Church. Revered author of Holiness, Knots Untied, Old Paths, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, and many others. Born at Macclesfield, Cheshire County, England.

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

If I were a lawyer, I’d make a specialty of suing the nine Canadian provinces and 15 States that allow same-sex adoption. My clients would be young adults whose lives were destroyed because these jurisdictions ignored their innate heterosexuality. I would wager that this arrogant flouting of nature will cost hundreds of millions in restitution.

Google “coming out” and compare the resources available to young would-be homosexuals with the callous indifference to innocent heterosexual children who don’t have necessary heterosexual role models at home and don’t know what’s wrong.  More…